HKDSE Liberal Studies syllabus set to undergo massive reform

  • Hong Kong’s Education Bureau chief says the controversial subject will be renamed and reformed
  • The IES project will no longer form part of the exam, while there will be a new focus on the Basic Law and national education
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The much-maligned Liberal Studies exam is in line for a shake-up

There are big changes planned for the Hong Kong’s Liberal Studies curriculum.

Secretary of Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung announced today that the subject will be renamed and reformed. 

Yeung said Liberal Studies exams would be graded on a pass/fail basis after the reform.

Topics and lesson hours will be cut in half, and there will be an emphasis on national education.

All learning materials and textbooks will have to be pre-approved by the Education Bureau, and the Independent Enquiry Studies projects will be axed.

The new curriculum will include trips to the mainland for on-site study.

Yeung added that the Education Bureau is responsible for promoting national security on campus.

The government will implement the changes from the start of the next academic year, Yeung said.